Can Tim Krul Keep Steve Harper Out Of The First Team?


Tim Krul seems to be getting better and more confident,  the more games he gets under his belt at Newcastle.

Tim Krul – in action on Saturday

Newcastle manager Chris Hughton was extremely pleased with the way his defense played against the Cottagers on Saturday  – and Tim Krul had an excellent game in goal – making some fine saves throughout the game, to keep Newcastle in it with a chance of winning right until the end.

Tim is currently in 3rd place with 15% of the votes,  for our Man of the Match on Saturday behind Andy Carroll on 39% and Jose Enrique on19 % – the vote is till open on our home page.

Tim was really pleased to get his first clean sheet at St. James’ Park, since coming in for the injured Steve Harper, and said today:

“As a defense we have been really steady recently,” “To get another clean sheet was really pleasing. Other teams come and set up defensively but they still have great players who can hit you on the break if you are not careful.”“The luck just wasn’t on our side.”

“We had our chances and on another day they go in. Teams are going to set up negatively at St James’ Park and we have to learn to deal with it.” “If you look at the points we have got at this stage of the season we are really pleased with the way we have started.”

“All four defenders have been excellent this season. Danny Simpson is definitely showing this year he is capable of playing at a higher level, the same as Andy Carroll. It took him a couple of games to get back into it but he is definitely showing his quality now.”

“Everyone was asking each other before the season started if we had enough for the Premier League. I think we have proved we have.” “Getting a clean sheet means getting more confidence and more experience. I am feeling more happy with every game.”

He’s a good lad is Tim, and he’s made a good start to his career on Tyneside, as Tim has hardly let the side down at all, with his performances in the last 11 games, since he came on for the injured Steve Harper at Everton on 18th September.

When Steve Harper does return, in about a month, it will be very interesting to see how long it takes him to dislodge the Dutchman from the first team.

Tim will know he will have to play really well if he is to keep Steve from regaining his place in the  Newcastle side, but that’s in Tim’s hands now, so to speak.

Comments welcome.



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7 comments so far

  • aDeadlyTicTac

    Nov 15, 2010 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #1

    Feel sorry for Harper. He’s been given all that time out to Shay Given, he gets a season, then the new Shay Given comes and replaces him.

    Tim Krul is getting better and better, whenever he jumps for the ball, he always gets to it first. If he keeps that up and doesn’t concede cheap goals, then I can see him been played all season.

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  • max

    Nov 15, 2010 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #2

    when i see tim krul playing, i alway get nervous. this is because he is too brave especially during corner cick and when opponent crossing. he likes to jump out to get the ball. i’m worried if his timing to jump is bad then he will miss the ball and give the chance for the opponent to score. but luckily until now, he always get the ball first. so, i hope he will always be that..

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  • Thump

    Nov 15, 2010 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #3

    I’ve just heard that Kazenga, League 1’s very own Christiano Ronaldo has broke his leg.

    God dammit.

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  • gorskino10

    Nov 15, 2010 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #4

    Yes he can ever since i saw him in his Debut many years ago where he was MOM i knew he was out next keeper, but with so many Loan spells he looked really dispondant when i saw him play over the last year or more and i fort that potential was lost, but he has gained in confendance so much and looks an impressive keeper best thing he has is his arieal ability he always gets the ball unlike Harper who these days flaps at the ball, hopefully he knows even if he is no2 that this is because of steves commitment to the club and that he will retire in a year or so and then Krul will be our No1 and soon No1 for Holland too.

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  • G

    Nov 15, 2010 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #6

    I still see SH as our number 1 keeper, that’s no offence intended to TK, but TK still has that little bit of indecisiveness now and again which makes me flap a bit. Being the old man I am though, I would always go with experience over youth in a goalkeepers position though. Whoever dominates the keepers position in toon though, they will have my full support.

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  • balubas1

    Nov 16, 2010 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #7

    in my opinion Yes. Harps is good, but Krul could be our goalie for the next 15 years. He’s been excellent so far, and is long overdue a mistake back there.

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